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Hackers Keep Targeting the US Water Supply

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In light of all the Facebook news lately—although frankly, when isn’t there any—you may finally be thinking about jumping ship. If so, here’s how to delete your Facebook account. You’re welcome. That’s not all that happened this week, though! Google shed some new light on the Iranian hacking group known as APT35, or Charming Kitten, […]

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Missouri Threatens to Sue a Reporter Over a Security Flaw

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The blame game began even before Parson’s press conference, as Wednesday’s Post-Dispatch report said: In the letter to teachers, Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said “an individual took the records of at least three educators, unencrypted the source code from the webpage, and viewed the social security number (SSN) of those specific educators.” In reality, the […]

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Cloudflare Isn’t Liable for Sites That Hawk Counterfeits

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Cloudflare is not liable for the copyright infringement of websites that use its content-delivery and security services, a federal judge ruled yesterday. Cloudflare was sued in November 2018 by Mon Cheri Bridals and Maggie Sottero Designs, two wedding dress manufacturers and sellers that alleged Cloudflare was guilty of contributory copyright infringement because it didn’t terminate […]

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Someone Hacked a US Warship Facebook Account to Stream Games

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Well, it was a very bad, no good, week for Twitch. The Amazon-owned streaming service suffered a devastating hack, with Twitch source code, streamer payouts, internal security tools, and more all dumped on 4chan. It’s about as thorough a data dump as you’ll see. Among the many repercussions: Twitch streamers experienced sudden, forced pay transparency, […]

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Why Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Went Down Today

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A Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus outage knocked every corner of Mark Zuckerberg’s empire offline on Monday. It’s a social media blackout that can most charitably be described as “thorough” and seems likely to prove particularly tough to fix. Facebook itself has not confirmed the root cause of its woes, but clues abound on the […]

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Help Might Finally Be on the Way to Fight SIM-Swap Attacks

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A WIRED report found that Google geolocation data had been used in 45 investigations of Capitol rioters and counting. That includes the use of two geofence warrants that enabled the FBI to pinpoint suspects within the building in a narrow window of time on January 6. It was an extraordinary use of geofencing during an […]

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Cloudflare Is Taking a Shot at Email Security

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Cloudflare, The internet infrastructure company, already has its fingers in a lot of customer security pots, from DDoS protection to browser isolation to a mobile VPN. Now the company is taking on a classic web foe: email.  On Monday, Cloudflare is announcing a pair of email safety and security offerings that it views as a […]

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Even the CIA and NSA Use Ad Blockers to Stay Safe Online

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Everything old was new again this week as ransomware came roaring back into the headlines, hitting a crucial Iowa grain cooperative, among other targets. And WIRED sat down with DeSnake, the former number two of the dark web marketplace AlphaBay, to hear about his reemergence and relaunch of AlphaBay four years after its takedown by […]

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Ransomware Isn’t Back. It Never Left

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After months of dramatic escalations, two prominent Russia-based ransomware gangs, REvil and Darkside, went quiet for weeks this summer. The pause came as the White House and US law enforcement pledged to combat ransomware and stand up to governments that seemingly offer “safe harbor” to even the most reckless gangs. That lull has officially ended.  […]

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He Escaped the Dark Web’s Biggest Bust. Now He’s Back

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Just over four years ago, the US Department of Justice announced the takedown of AlphaBay, the biggest dark web market bust in history. Thai police arrested the site’s 26-year-old administrator, Alexandre Cazes, in Bangkok, and the FBI seized AlphaBay’s central server in Lithuania, wiping out a marketplace that was selling hundreds of millions of dollars […]